Learning to read is one of the most exciting parts of first grade. Our students are improving daily in using their sight vocabulary and applying knowledge of letter sounds to become more accurate readers. As their fluency improves, we begin working more on comprehension, or understanding, of what they have read. In addition to our daily whole group and small group reading lessons, first graders spend time reading independently. With teacher guidance, an independent-leveled book is chosen to read in school. The book goes home in the afternoon to be read again. Listening to your child read a book to you is essential to his/her reading development and confidence. It is our hope to encourage our first graders to become life-long readers!